Angels of Death

Gary C. King

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The Accused: 13-year-old Derek King and his 12-year-old brother, Alex, Sunday school students with choirboy looks.

After midnight on November 26, 2001, someone bludgeoned Terry King to death while he slept, and set his Florida home afire. By the time the firefighters extinguished the blaze, King's sons, Alex, 12, and Derek, 13, were at the home of their forty-year-old friend, Ricky Chavis, a convicted child-molester. By the next afternoon, following confessions, both boys were charged as adults in their father's slaying. Chavis was tried separately for the same crime-incredibly by the same attorney who would prosecute Alex and Derek, and argue two contradictory theories.

The Victim: Their own father.

When Alex divulged his sexual relationship with Chavis, the trial took a sensational turn. So did Alex and Derek, who recanted their confession and blamed Chavis to no avail. A jury convicted the boys of second-degree murder, but the judge threw the verdict out. Chavis was acquitted. But the case wasn't over. As more disturbing revelations came to light, as criminal motives became more complex, and as the line between guilt and innocence was crossed, a stunned nation watched in disbelief to learn the ultimate fate of the...Angels of Death.

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  CHAPTER 1Shortly before 1:30 A.M. on Monday, November 26, 2001, Cantonment, Florida, resident Ed Harris awoke from a sound sleep to a “popping” noise that was coming from a nearby house. After rubbing the sleep from his eyes, Harris looked out his window and saw his neighbor’s house on fire. He immediately called the fire department and reported what he was seeing, and informed the dispatcher that he believed that the occupant of the house, Terry Lee King, was at home. He knew, he said, because he could see King’s car, a blue 1999 Dodge Shadow, parked in the driveway.

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Gary C. King

For the last twenty years, Gary C. King has been one of America's foremost crime writers. Over 400 of his stories have appeared in crime magazines across the United States, Canada, and England, including True Detective, Official Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Master Detective. His books Web of Deceit, Driven to Kill (which was nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best True Crime Book category at Bouchercon 25) and Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer were chosen as a featured selection of the True Crime Book Club. He is also the author of Blind Rage, Savage Vengeance, co-written with Don Lasseter, An Early Grave, The Texas 7, and Murder in Hollywood. A full-time writer, Mr. King is an active member of The Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife and two daughters.

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Angels of Death
Gary C. King

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's True Crime
September 2003
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ISBN: 9781429996853
ISBN10: 1429996854
256 pages
$6.99
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